Research Public Information - Lead Paint

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During several home inspections in 2010, there was some type of discussion about repairs and lead paint between the home inspector and buyer client.  On several occasions the seller's agent would interrupt and state the lead paint status of the house is unknown.

While it maybe true that the seller and seller's agent are not aware of any lead paint, it may not be true that the lead paint status of the home is unknown.

Lead Safe Homes Search

Take the time to visit the Lead Safe Home Search website and search for the address of your listing.  Make sure your lead paint listing status is consistent with the information on the Lead Safe Home Search website.

visit -  http://webapps.ehs.state.ma.us/Leadsafehomes/default.aspx 

Unfortunately the seller's agent had already made the statement of an unknown status of lead paint and then confronted with the lead paint status data from the Lead Safe Home Search. 

For 2011, make sure to check the Lead Safe Homes Search website before disclosing the lead paint status.

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Rainer
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Nicole Arsenault
Huntsville Houses For Sale (Level 10 Realty) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville, AL Real Estate

As a relatively new agent, links like you provided (though not for my state) certainly open my eyes to possible pitfalls and information sources that might help me avoid some of them.  Good info!

(NicoleSellsRE)

Jan 26, 2011 02:53 AM #1
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Jim, thank you for sharing the web site link, a good reminder!

Jan 26, 2011 05:16 AM #2
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Jim, I really don't like the "to the best of my knowledge" statement. They could be trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the buyer by a simple form that gives them a way out. Good post and link.

Clint McKie

Jan 26, 2011 05:54 AM #3
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Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi Jim, the Lead Safe database is a great tool.  I will have to research and see if NC has a similar resource.   Thanks for the tip.  

Jan 26, 2011 07:25 AM #4
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Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

Nicole - I wish you great success as a new agent!  I hope there resources like this in your area.

Dan - Your welcome.  I often find great tips here, glad I can contribute also.

Clint - I agree with you.  Too many horror stories out there that brings suspision into the foreground. 

Dale - Hopefully NC will have some public databases for lead paint tests.

Jan 26, 2011 04:11 PM #5
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